Van Bitz was the brain child of Eddie & Lyn Jones. During 1990, They purchased a motorhome to travel with their three children around the UK and further afield into mainland of Europe, their thoughts immediately turned to establish motorhome protection. The founders are much interested to run the company but it looks truly different now.
In 1996 the decision was made to move the Cornish Farm in Taunton from the authentic place of Brixham Devon. This was a main upheaval for the family including the youngsters of their family. Cornish Farm extends to five acres with a lot of room for parking and two workshops to accommodate the largest motorhomes and RV’s
In 2005 Eddie & Lyn opened Cornish Farm Touring Park www.cornishfarm.com With fifty hook up points, twenty five big level gravelled difficult standings. Luxury and completely tiled facilities block with under floor heating for all year round use.
Inspected yearly by the AA Cornish Farm Touring Park is rated as a 4 Pennant website scoring 89%.
In 2010, the prestigious range of guide books ”Alan Rogers” inspected 2800 websites in 13 nations and Cornish Farm Touring Park was voted runner up in the ”best motorhome campsite” Category .Eddie heads up the technical side with workshop manager Dave Chambers, Neil Everill and Nic Jones while on sales and technical help Lyn’s team are James Percival, Geoff Harper and Ashley Percival
The campsite is run by Bob and Mary Preston, a charming couple who usually enjoyed welcoming guests at odd hours. Van Bitz has a great standing name for customer care and service and which was seen on the leading motorhome forums www.motorhomefacts.com and www.motorhomefun.co.uk
Eddie & Lyn currently own a Gulf Stream Sun Voyager RV which was supplied by Tom and his team at www.oakwellmotorhomes.com,
The thing that makes Van Bitz unique is the fact that we use motorhomes and we understand motorhomes. We specialise in motorhomes that is what we are geared up to work on ..Motorhomes
In 2012 Geoff was seen touring Italy and France in his Winnebago, James was in his camper in Spain, Eddie & Lyn were camping in the South of France and Dave was camping with his children along the South Coast. Bob & Mary the campsite wardens full time in their motorhome on site.
Eddie & Lyn have two great big hairy German Shepherds Shadow and Sabre, often seen at the Van Bitz exhibition unit at the motorhome shows through out the Country, two lovely soft and very spoilt dogs.
Holiday 2013 was an eventful beginning for some of us, but settled down to be a great motorhoming experience: Yet again. This is a copy of what was posted:- We left Cornish Farm with out 32’ Gulf Stream with a 27’ trailer on the back, much to the amusement and interest of everyone on the campsite (we have to drive through our campsite from our house to the road) As it was only the second time that I had towed the boat and the first time on the back of the RV, the smile plastered on my face belied the butterflies in my stomach, especially as James my oldest Son who I have to say is the best driver in the family by far said “Are you sure you’ll have room to get out of the gate? Looks too tight for me!”
So with those words of encouragement, we were off. We made it through the entrance with space to spare and looked forward to the thousand mile drive ahead of us to Port Grimaud, in the Bay of St Tropez.
An uneventful drive to Dover, once we had satisfied ourselves that the trailer followed the Gulf Stream faithfully round bends and roundabouts, didn’t wander at speed and due to the weight of the Gulf Stream towed beautifully. So we soon stopped worrying about the extra length.We arrived in Dover and parked on the seafront, rolling up quietly behind our chums Jeff and Susy, with their Winnebago and their RIB in the early morning.
Bright and early we did all the pre holiday excited hugs and kisses, jumped into our vans and headed off to the Port. All the while pretending to ignore the looks, stares and pointing of early morning walkers as 120 feet of motorhome/boat combinations drove slowly past.
Once safely on the ferry a plan of action was discussed over breakfast. Drive as far as we can first day, with a view to stopping around six for the night on an Aire for a BBQ and a couple of glasses of wine. Allowing for more friends/family to catch us up, that had taken a later ferry crossing.A slightly later night than planned, resulted in every one tucked up in bed, with the two motorhomes/boat combos parked next to our friends car and caravan.
We awoke to the news that Andy and Sarah (in the car and caravan) had been burgled! The thief had taken the barrel out of the caravan door lock, opened the door entered the caravan, taken all the money from Sarah’s purse and Andy’s wallet. Left passports and credit cards, but even more amazingly the thief had found the car keys, opened the car, using the keys (no central locking) riffled the car and then put the keys back into the caravan! If he had taken the passports, credit cards and keys they would have been really stuck. I think that they have two small children maybe triggered a bit of guilt, who knows?
Our motorhomes hadn’t been touched, I guess the extra size and height and solidity of the RV doors and the enhanced alarm systems that both vans have (the Winnebago used to belong to Van Bitz) had been too much of a gamble form them/him
As we had one more night planned on Aires, Andy and Sarah were uneasy about spending a night on another Aire without a door lock or an alarm.
This is quite understandable so we decided that we could all stay put, and Andy drove me to a local caravan store to buy a replacement door lock, and whilst there I talked Andy into buying a caravan alarm.
I couldn’t believe that he was still sceptical about buying an alarm, after sleeping through a burglary twelve hours earlier.
To think that the thief(s) had broken into his caravan, with him, Sarah (wife) Ellie (6) and Becca (3) rummaged around and they hadn’t heard a thing! Sarah is pregnant so definitely not drinking, they simply slept through it!
So back onto the motorway and back down to the Aire. On arrival we replaced the ruined lock and fitted a battery operated alarm system on the repaired caravan door (so much for day one of the holiday lol)
Showered and changed, “Wagons Roll” was the cry from the hand held radios we were using to keep in touch with each other. Then I noticed red stuff pouring out from under the Winnebago? Was the Winnie bleeding? Looked like it! So me on the radio:-
We are the Country’s leading motorhome security installation company. We have been installing motorhome alarm systems since 1990. We stock and can install Thatcham Tracking systems. Both Cat 5 and Cat 6 systems are stocked.
Van Bitz are the leading motorhome accessory installers in the Country. Operating from a five acre site conveniently situated just two miles from Junction 25 on the M5 Within our grounds we operate a 3.5 acre campsite to make your journey to Van Bitz as easy as possible.
Van Bitz have specialised working with motorhomes since 1990 and whilst we install all good motorhome accessories, Strikeback the multi award winning motorhome alarm system is the product that Van Bitz are famous for. In 2011 Van Bitz launched the most aggressive motorhome security system available in the UK
Please go to the motorhome security link for further details about basic Thatcham systems and the Growler system.Van Bitz are a KVH TracVision Premier Dealer and in 2011, 2012 and again in 2013, were the top dealer in the UK. If you want a satellite dish, Van Bitz only supply Oyster.As a Premier KVH dealer you benefit from a three year Pan European warranty (12 months only on line or normal dealers).
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Motorhome Security:- As a motorcaravanner, or potential motorcaravanner, you will no doubt realise that a motorcaravan is a very special vehicle indeed. Some people use their vehicles as everyday transport and some only use their vans for leisure. Many people will use them for work, as a minibus, a spare room, a shopping wagon, the list is as numerous as the owners are individual. But one fact is common to us all (yes, we are motorcaravanners ourselves), our vehicles are special. We derive enjoyment from owning and using our vans and, as motorcaravanners, we tend to be slightly adventurous, independent, and perhaps from time to time enjoy ‘getting a way from it all’
It is however a sad fact of life that in this day and age crime is on the increase. Not just property theft, but personal violence is also unfortunately more prolific. This need not deter and should not dissuade motorcaravanners from enjoying the countryside and their vehicles, as most crime is opportunist, carried out on the spur of the moment. But it should make people aware that they have a responsibility to take basic steps to protect their vehicles, their belongings and, of course, themselves. This is where motorhome security should be considered.
One of the most common excuses we hear for not having a security system fitted is: ‘You cannot stop a really professional thief so what’s the point of a security system anyway?’ Our answer is that a good thief can easily pick a lock, but you wouldn’t dream of going on holiday and not taking the precaution of locking your home, but if the above argument holds true, what is the point? The facts are that there are different types of crime and different levels of professionalism amongst thieves. It is true that a really good professional thief can be hard to stop, but if the system that is fitted to your vehicle is of a high standard and correctly installed, it follows that it would take a top rate thief to overcome the system. In many cases a professional thief will recognise that the system will take time to overcome and look for an easier target. We will go into some of the many impressive defensive devices in more depth later in this information. But remember, the weight of evidence is against anyone who tells you that alarms do not work. But it must be the right product for the job!
One only has to read any newspaper or magazine to see an array of personal safety and vehicle alarms advertised. Some will be good, some bad and some indifferent. Some will offer a good personal security, whilst leaving the vehicle at risk, and some will offer vehicle protection at the cost to personal security. Most will be advertised, sold and fitted by people who have possibly never even seen the inside of a motorcaravan. If this is the case, then it is natural to assume that a system which is ideal for your car, boat, home, office, caravan, motorhome, garage, etc. etc. will not necessarily offer the best protection for any one application. We have found in the past that just trying to explain to non-motorcaravanners exactly what it is that appeals to us about owning and using a motorcaravan is difficult enough (try explaining to one of the non-specialist insurance companies what the vehicle is, what it does, what is in it, and you will see what we mean). So, to be fair to the uninformed, why shouldn’t a system that can protect your garage protect your motorcaravan? After all, it’s only a van with beds in, isn’t it?
It is also a mistake to assume that thieves are stupid ignorant people. It must be obvious to a thief that a motorcaravan from another area or country is going to be a target worth going for, probably full of the goodies that people want with them when they are travelling or on holiday. Just take a second now to think about what you normally carry in your van whilst away. Start with money and credit cards and go on from there. Once you sit and think about exactly what you carry and how much it would cost to replace it, if you could replace it, it is frightening.
So, what is the solution – short of turning your van into a mini Fort Knox? A good, well tried and tested security system that is easy to use, protecting you, the base vehicle, the interior and its contents and, when necessary, your external accessories (bicycles for example). Equally, you must also think of what you do not want. You no more want wires and boxes all over the van than you would want in your home because, when you are using your van, it is your home. It should not be difficult or complicated to use, it should not be ridiculously expensive and, last but by no means least, you do not want a system that thieves would find easy to beat. Advertised systems that you can easily take from vehicle to vehicle, with no wiring problems and it’s own power source usually means a system that sits on the dashboard. It has no wiring problems because it is powered by a small 9-volt battery. It would be of little value sitting in a hedgerow pipping it’s little head off with a thief driving your van away to rifle at a quiet location many miles away. Another consideration should be long-term service. Don’t forget that many dealers will contract out alarm work to local auto-electricians. The system that they install today may not be serviceable in a couple of years’ time when you may need batteries or spares!
As we stated earlier, we are motorcaravanners ourselves and, as such, realise that most of the technology used in motorcaravans is borrowed from allied trades such as the caravan or car industry. There was not a comprehensive alarm system on the market specifically manufactured to suitably protect a motorcaravan and we decided many years ago that to install a system to offer the special needs of a motorcaravan, we would need to approach the problem with a degree of innovation. We studied the market and decided that we would need to select a highly sophisticated system for the vehicle part of the motorcaravan, and supplement the technology with products from the domestic security market to protect the caravan side.
After many years specialising in motorcaravan security, we felt that our experience and reputation warranted taking this situation further. In conjunction with the manufacturers specialising in electronic vehicle security we developed the STRIKEBACK range of Motorcaravan Security Systems.
To help you understand the benefits of our systems we have compiled the following notes, but if you feel that you would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be delighted to explain further. Easy Options One, Two & Three have been produced to satisfy different aspects of motorhome security which have emerged over recent years to assist you in your choice. The additional external and internal sirens have proven extremely effective since their launch and in 2002 it was necessary for us to introduce the Van Bitz Gas Detector, to protect our customers from a more serious type of attack. More information on these and all the other features can be found in the glossary at the end of this section.
As we have stated, we are Motorcaravan Security Specialists and as such do not normally undertake alarm work on caravans, and never cars. We use and understand all types of motorcaravans. All work is carried out to the highest standard. All wiring is ‘lost’. All connections are fully ‘loomed’ and soldered (except where it is physically impossible – the fuse board connections for example or where an alternative superior connection is justified) and, where necessary, the ‘loomed’ wires are run through flexible conduit. We are constantly aware that our reputation is the best advertisement that we will ever have. This is borne out by the level of repeat orders we receive as our customers change their motorhomes and by the enquiries we receive due to personal recommendations from existing customers. To this end we offer a no quibble two-year warranty as standard on all our components and workmanship, and a lifetime warranty on the Electronic Control Unit for our customer.